Mumbai: Christmas, a globally celebrated festival, joyously takes place on December 25 every year, with festivities commencing on December 24, known as Christmas Eve.
The significance of Christmas lies in honoring the birth of Jesus Christ, even though the exact date remains undisclosed in the Bible. Early Christians strategically selected December 25 to coincide with pagan winter solstice celebrations, intending to integrate Christianity into existing festivities. As time progressed, December 25 became universally acknowledged as Jesus’ birthday, prompting worldwide celebrations marked by customs like gift-giving and vibrant decorations fostering a spirit of unity and joy.
For followers of Christianity, Christmas holds profound meaning. Many believe that on this divine day, God sent Jesus Christ to the earthly realm as a salvational force, rescuing humanity from the abyss of sin and guiding them towards righteousness.
Annually, Christians congregate for mass at churches, commemorating Jesus Christ and reflecting on the sacrifices he made for humanity.
Christmas is intertwined with diverse customs, including baking cakes and cookies, adorning trees with ornaments, attending church services, shopping for loved ones, participating in carol sing-alongs, and joining mass gatherings. Children eagerly anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, as he delivers gifts by descending through chimneys into their homes. Notably, Christmas customs exhibit variations from one place to another.